Usage examples for benign

  1. The buxom and benign countenance of Mayor Bryant, his person clad in a rigorously accurate full dress costume, was not less noticeable. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  2. The multitudes who there saw his benign countenance, will not quickly forget the devotion which mingled with the performance of the ceremony. – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II by Sir John Ross
  3. He rose in a leisurely fashion, and seemed the very essence of the benign as he stretched forth his hand. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  4. She gave him every instruction, every intimation that was necessary; cleared the social difficulties which in some degree are experienced on their entrance into the world even by the most highly connected, unless they have this benign assistance; planted him immediately in the position which was expedient; took care that he was invited at once to the right houses; and, with the aid of her husband, that he should become a member of the right clubs. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  5. When the unfortunate woman arrived, Misery was waiting for her with a benign smile upon his long visage. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  6. Here they could watch their father, as his benign, unsuspecting face came in sight, mounting the hill, either upon the gray mare, Bonnie, or the brown gelding, Peter. – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  7. However, there was not the urgency for instant flight that Charlotte had thought there was; night fell; a whole regiment of our mounted infantry came silently up from the rear of the plantation and bivouacked without lights behind a quarter of a mile of worm- fence; our two wounded and three unharmed prisoners, or Miss Harper's, I should say, for it was in response to her entreaties that the latter had thrown down their arms, were taken away; the dead man was borne out; lights glowed in every room, the servants returned to their tasks, a maddening fragrance came from the kitchen, and the three nieces flitted everywhere in their benign activities, never discovering the hurt on my shoulder until everything else on earth had been discovered, and then-" Oh, Richard, Richard!" – The Cavalier by George Washington Cable
  8. Mrs. Maitland looked positively benign. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  9. The benign influences of water are felt in the eastern grape regions at distances of one to four miles, seldom farther. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  10. May your Great Mother be benign, when you return to give your high council our message on the far- distant worlds you have shown us in the sky. – Join Our Gang? by Sterling E. Lanier
  11. Mr. Waddington looked up with the benign expression he had had when he came on Barbara alone in the drawing- room before dinner, a look so directed to her neck and shoulders that it told her how well her low- cut evening frock became her. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  12. Now he had seen with his own eyes the benign attitude of his former enemy. – Bamboo Tales by Ira L. Reeves
  13. In this case I am happy to observe that experience has afforded the most ample proof of its utility, and that the benign spirit of conciliation and harmony which now manifests itself throughout our Union promises to such a recommendation the most prompt and favorable result. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  14. Come, let us enter this benign edifice; you shall show me your dominion and instruct me in the rules. – A Cynic Looks at Life Little Blue Book #1099 by Ambrose Bierce
  15. The terrible ruler looked benign. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  16. Phil thanked him and smiled across at his companion who was cheering up wonderfully under the benign influence of the stove. – Every Man for Himself by Hopkins Moorhouse